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Cost of Living

Part of Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:17 pm on 24th June 2008.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper The Chief Secretary to the Treasury 4:17 pm, 24th June 2008

My hon. Friend is right. After this year's Budget, we held discussions with the utility companies, and as a result of working with them they have agreed to treble the amount of investment they are putting into assistance for the most vulnerable households—those on the lowest incomes, and those at greatest risk in terms of fuel poverty—in order to help them with their fuel bills this year. That is hugely important, and it needs to be seen alongside work to reduce the demand for electricity and higher heating levels by improving insulation through the Warm Front programme and also the requirement on the energy companies to put more money into insulating people's homes.

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